Price of Bacon and Other Pork Products on the Rise

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COLUMBIA - Pork prices are predicted to increase as much as 10 percent due to a fast spreading virus that has already killed 4 to 5 million pigs nationwide. Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea is a virus that only pigs can catch and for young piglets it is almost always deadly.

There are about 3,000 pig farms in Missouri and so far 58 have reported having the virus. Kenny Brincker, owner of Harrison Creek Farms in Auxvasse said his pigs have not contracted the virus and he is taking steps to make sure it stays that way.

"The disease can travel very easily between hog farms so everybody tries to maintain very strict bio security as far as who goes into the farm because it's so deadly they say a teaspoon of the virus is enough to infect all the pigs in Iowa," Brinker said. "It's extremely easy to spread and extremely deadly."

Brinker said pork meat can not be contaminated by the disease, but the shortage of hogs will increase pork prices this spring and summer.

"Hog prices right now on the futures board are a record high for all summer months. It looks like the summer we may see a very dramatic decrease in the pigs that are ready for slaughter and I think it's really gonna impact the market negatively, long term."

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